THE Legend of Zelda often tells a familiar story involving the fate of the Kingdom of Hyrule. Ocarina of time Perhaps delineates the archetypal version of Hyrule’s cyclical fate, but its direct sequel, Majora’s Mask, takes a drastically different approach, with an apocalyptic tale set in a neighboring kingdom known as Termina. Majora’s Mask is well known for reusing many Ocarina of time characters and five of the Zelda the sequel’s masks, which play a major role in its gameplay and plot, also first appeared in Ocarina.
Masks are a relatively minor part of Ocarina of time, used only for a side quest. As a child, Link can visit the Happy Mask Shop in the Castle Town Market. There, the Happy Mask Salesman engages him in a race covering Hyrule to deliver masks to the right customers. Link takes one mask at a time, finds the right customer to buy it, and comes back to repeat the process with another mask. This constitutes one of the two exchange sequences in Ocarina of time, a quest structure that the series uses quite frequently.
As the title suggests, the mask plays a much larger role in Majora’s Mask. There are many more of them than in its predecessor, and they serve as both base game mechanics and keys for secondary content, offering a variety of special abilities. The Happy Mask Salesman appears again in Majora’s Mask and is even involved in the inciting incident of the story, when Majora’s mask is stolen from him by Skull Kid. The number of masks in Ocarina of time is relatively small, and they have very different uses in each game.
Keaton Mask: Ocarina Of Time Vs. Majora’s Mask
The Keaton mask is the first element of Ocarina of timemask exchange quest. Although this is an entirely optional questline, the potential client – a guard at the gate of Hyrule’s Death Mountain – asks Link for the mask during the main story. During his quest to secure the Three Spirit Stones, Link receives a letter from Princess Zelda which grants him access to Death Mountain Trail, and keeps him to whom he shows her asks for the Keaton mask for his son. Wearing it does not grant Link any special attributes except to gain unique reactions when speaking to NPCs.
In Majora’s Mask, Link gets the Keaton Mask as a reward for delivering a letter to Kafei during THE Legend of Zeldathe longest quest. While wearing the mask, Link can cut any ring of bushes to summon a Keaton – a four-tailed yellow fox. However, they need to be cut in quick succession, so players are recommended to use a magically enhanced spin attack to get each bush in one go. The Keaton will then engage Link in a question game, and correctly answer five A Piece of Heart rewards.
Bunny Hood: Ocarina Of Time Vs. Majora’s Mask
Ocarina of time‘s Bunny Hood is the fourth item in the Happy Mask Shop trade quest, after the Keaton, Skull, and Spooky masks. The buyer of the Bunny Hood is the Running Man, who walks around Hyrule Field. Link only has to carry the Bunny Hood close to him and he will come to buy it, paying the amount needed to fill Link’s wallet. For this reason, the Bunny Hood is particularly useful for filling the 500 rupees of wallet space awarded with Ocarina of timeGold Skulltula Quest. It’s also a good idea to keep the Bunny Hood on for a while, as wearing it prevents the Stalchildren – the skeletons that attack Link at night in Hyrule Field – from spawning.
Bring in the rabbit hood Majora’s Mask Requires the Bremen Mask first, which Link can then wear at Romani Ranch to persuade Grog’s Cuccos to walk behind him. Once Link has all the Cuccos in a row, they grow bigger and Grog gives Link the Rabbit Hood. This mask is very useful in time sensitive Majora’s Mask, as it increases Link’s running speed. Players can also use it during the Postman-hosted minigame (a renamed version of Ocarina‘s Running Man with a Hat). He gives Link a Piece of Heart so players can run for exactly 10 seconds before stopping, and using Bunny Hood during play displays a timer, which makes it much easier.
Goron Mask: Ocarina Of Time Vs. Majora’s Mask
The Goron Mask is one of the final awards for Ocarina of timeThe Mask Exchange Quest, rewarded after selling the Bunny Hood to the Running Man. The Goron Mask has no particular use, but it will elicit unique lines of dialogue from a wide range of characters across Hyrule and even manages to bring some joy to the notoriously austere Ingo at Lon Lon Ranch. A common reaction to the Goron Mask is for the characters to comment on the size of Link’s head.
The Majora’s Mask The Goron Mask version is much more powerful. Link obtains it after speaking with the ghost of Darmani III, which can be found in Goron Village with the help of the Lens of Truth. After Link follows Darmani to his grave and performs the Song of Healing, the Goron Mask will let him transform into Goron Link, granting him access to abilities like a ground attack and being able to trigger particularly large weight switches. Goron Link can also curl up and roll around at high speed, a mechanic that makes a compelling case for a Goron-centric Zelda Game.
Zora Mask: Ocarina Of Time Vs. Majora Mask
Both versions of the Zora mask are similar to those of the Goron mask. Ocarina of timeZora’s mask is also a reward for completing the Happy Mask Shop quest. Its only function is to see reactions from unique NPCs, with some more interested than others in seeing a Zora. The most colorful reaction comes from Link’s infatuated Princess Ruto, who says: “OK! In fact, you have decided to become a Zora! Are you really ready to marry me now?“
In Majora’s MaskIn the Big Bay, players can find a badly injured Zora named Mikau floating in the water. Helping Mikau disembark, listen to his story, then play the Healing Song as he dies, will award the Zora Mask. Like the Goron Mask, the Majora’s Mask Zora Mask transforms Link into Zora Link, which grants the player special abilities. The most useful is being able to swim underwater very quickly, but the Zora Mask also comes with new attacks and an electric defensive barrier.
Mask of Truth: Ocarina Of Time Vs. Mask of Majora
The Mask of Truth bears the symbol of THE Legend of Zelda‘s Sheikah Tribe, and although this is also a reward for completing the Trade Quest in Ocarina of time, it is more useful than Goron and Zora masks. Wearing the Mask of Truth in the Underground and Hidden Area of the Lost Woods anger the mob of Deku Scrubs, but they will reward Link with the ability to carry more Deku Nuts. Speaking to one of the gossip stones scattered around Hyrule while wearing the Mask of Truth also reveals anecdotes about the kingdom and its people.
Obtaining the Mask of Truth in Majora’s Mask requires players to destroy all the Golden Skulltulas in the Swamp Spider House. This version also allows players to speak with the Gossip Stones, but they now give hints on how to acquire the many other masks in Majora’s Mask, as well as spreading their usual gossip on Termina. This version of the Mask of Truth also allows THE Legend of Zelda players see the thoughts of the animals in the game, which is useful in other side quests and to learn what they think of the people of Termina.
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